In Kenya, a model for financing has been developed, designed to involve both government and non government actors, and provide longer term programmatic support. It is part of a deliberate strategy by donors, facilitated by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), to ensure that gender equality issues are adequately financed, including civil society organisations. Kenya has a vibrant civil society where strong women’s organisations and non state actors have played a key role in making gender inequalities more visible and demanded increased government accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment. However, funding for gender equality work has tended to be small, short term, unpredictable and uncoordinated.
Following a strategic review and analysis of gender equality work in Kenya and the challenges faced by all stakeholders, it was decided to design a model for financing of gender equality in the context of the Paris Declaration. The model is being developed, under the auspices of UNIFEM (now part of UN Women), by a CIDA sponsored adviser who works closely with civil society, government and donors. It builds on existing successes and elements in harmonised programming and aims to expand partnerships and programme management capacities to increase gender equality results and achievements. The model proposes a common framework of targets and actions for women’s rights and gender equality which draws on all stakeholders, recognises diverse approaches to gender equality, shares information, and reduces the transaction costs in disbursement of funds to both government and civil society.